Mustang To Paducah
Raul Ramos y Sanchez
It's 1969. A spur-of-the-moment trip. A borrowed car. A dubious destination. Two flaky hippies. What could possibly go wrong? Everything.
Cruiser and Peanut, two aimless Miami stoners, are returning a car for a tourist from Kentucky who’s gone romping on a new lover’s yacht. Arriving at their destination, the flaky pair stumble onto the scene of a multiple murder. Before long, they’re on the lam as the prime suspects with an unhinged FBI agent and a mob contract killer hot on their trail
Nestled slyly into this zany road trip is the cultural awakening of two young Miami refugees, one from Cuba, the other from Georgia. Being a hippie is more a fashion statement than a lifestyle for Nestor “Cruiser” Cruz and Maxwell “Peanut” O’Connor. They are the offspring of working-class parents who, like most migrants, came to Miami seeking a better life. After venturing outside their inner-city world for the first time, Cruiser and Peanut discover a form of hippie heresy: The flower child ethos of dropping out and going back to the land feels less like liberation and more like a step back to the hardships their parents fled in Havana and Waycross. Join their ride on a comic, eye-opening adventure.
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9994457-7-8
Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9994457-6-1
Acclaim for Mustang To Paducah
“Hip, smartly written. An epic journey of the soul.”
Jess Montgomery, award-winning author and journalist
“Fast-paced. Witty. Laugh-out-loud funny. Raul Ramos y Sanchez is a master storyteller.”
John Kachuba, author of Shapeshifters: A History
“Fresh. Gonzo. Ripe for adaptation.”
James Chatterton, story analyst at HBO
“What a pleasure, this endlessly inventive book.”
John Thorndike, author of The World Against Her Skin
“An engaging, evocative book. Great period details.”
Ralph Keyes - author of The Post-Truth Era
“Madcap. Surprising. Could easily be made into a TV series.”
Marco Frazier, global media executive
Author Raul Ramos y Sanchez
International Latino Book Awards Best Novel Winner
Writers League of Texas Fiction Award Finalist
Cuban-born Raul Ramos y Sanchez grew up in Miami’s cultural kaleidoscope before becoming a long-time resident of the U.S. Midwest. After a successful career in advertising that included founding an ad agency with offices in Ohio and California, Ramos turned to more personally significant work.
This began with developing a documentary for public television, Two Americas: The Legacy of our Hemisphere and also creating MyImmigrationStory.com — an online forum for the U.S. immigrant community. Works of fiction by Raul include the Class H Trilogy (America Libre, House Divided and Pancho Land), the coming of age novel, The Skinny Years and Mustang To Paducah.
The author and his work have been featured on television, radio and print publications across the country along with a host of online media sources.
Books Into Movies Award Winner presented by Edward James Olmos